Each year our campus is lit up by the brilliance, color and culture of hundreds of students from around the world who choose to study at Andrews University. Attending international orientation is required. Plan to attend the general undergraduate students, graduate students or ESL Students orientation as well. They are key to successfully reaching your study goals.
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International Student Orientation
During this time, key information about your international status will be provided. Please plan to attend this session, as it is required.
U.S. student visas are granted through U.S. Consular Services upon issuance of an I-20 document by the University to which a student from outside the U.S. is admitted. For an I-20 to be issued, the student must submit the following items:
Make sure to add your name and ID number clearly on any transactions. Include specific dollar amounts on how the funds should be allocated (i.e., international deposit, residence hall deposit). Payment can be made by wire transfer using Flywire, the University's approved service for sending and receiving wire transfers.
If you have questions regarding the budget sheet, please contact the International Financial Specialist at +1 269-471-6380 or email email@example.com.
For specific questions regarding the I-20, contact the Office of International Student Services & Programs at +1 269-471-6395 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
After admission to an Andrews University program and once we receive the required documents and $3,100 deposit (see previous section), the Office of International Student Services & Programs will mail your I-20 Form with an email notification including the tracking number. When you receive this I-20 document, please schedule an appointment at the closest U.S. Embassy or Consulate office. Please apply for an F1 student visa. You may only study at Andrews University with an F1 or a J1 visa.
Prepare for your F1 visa interview at the U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate nearest to you:
Each time you enter the United States, by air or by border crossing, you must present your passport with student visa and your I-20. Students from Canada, Bahamas and Bermuda are exempt from student visa. Carry copies of the documents presented to Andrews University to gain your I-20 as evidence of financial support as they can be requested at port of entry. Please request all documents inspected by customs officers to be returned as they are your property and you are required to show them at each port of entry.
You will be sent the I-94 document after you arrive in the United States. Please bring it along with your passport to the International Student Services office as soon as you arrive. Canadians may still receive it in paper.
Feel free to email International Student Services at email@example.com or call +1 269-471-6395 for help.
We are happy to pick you up if you arrive at the South Bend International Airport by plane, train or bus, as long as you email your flight/train/bus number and arrival time, along with the number of persons arriving, at least three days in advance. Please complete this form should you need to be picked up: Airport Pickup Form.
If you arrive through Chicago's O'Hare or Midway airports, purchase bus tickets here. This method is the most direct way to get to the South Bend International Airport stop, which is just 30 minutes by road from Andrews University.